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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 8, 2012 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

Mr. Gere has a new best friend.

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Poster: apacinobj77 Date: Oct 8, 2012 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

while guinea pigs have much longer colons than most rodents, they must also supplement their diet by coprophagy, the eating of their own feces. However, they do not consume all their feces indiscriminately, but produce special soft pellets, called cecotropes, which recycle B vitamins, fiber, and bacteria required for proper digestion. The cecotropes (or caecal pellets) are eaten directly from the anus, unless the guinea pig is pregnant or obese. They share this behaviour with rabbits. In geriatric boars or sows (the condition is rarer in young ones), the muscles which allow the softer pellets to be expelled from the anus for consumption can become weak. This creates a condition known as anal impaction, which prevents the boar from redigesting cecotropes, though harder pellets may pass through the impacted mass. The condition may be temporarily alleviated by carefully expelling the impacted feces.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 8, 2012 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

"Anal Impaction" has become my word for the day. I will now see how many times I can use it in a sentence over the next 8 hours.

Thanks.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 8, 2012 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

after Rob visited my pet cow Bessie, the vet had to treat her for "anal impaction"

(i felt the need to use it in a sentence too)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 8, 2012 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

Lets try to keep "anal impaction" separate from "coprophagy", shall we?

Here we go again, eh?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 8, 2012 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

what can I say? been awhile since i chimed in :)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 8, 2012 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

Good look keeping Dire seperate from anything anal.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 8, 2012 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

i suspect it was only a minor case....

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 8, 2012 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shaved Guinea Pigs Look Like Tiny Hippos (Non-Dead)

ouch!!!

Rob must needs defend himself regarding that "slight"